Blog names Woodstock one of the best small towns in nation

Woodstock was recently named one of the best small towns to visit in America.

Jenna French, director of tourism and marketing for Shenandoah County Tourism, said they received leads from writers and bloggers from all over the country through a website called Help a Reporter Out of sites to submit information to represent communities. French chose Woodstock to represent the county to Collections Etc. Blog, http://tiny.cc/6mh2dy, and she found out on Aug. 12 that Woodstock has been named as one of the 39 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016 in the Nation on that blog.

“One of the appeals of Shenandoah County is that we don’t have a dominant city but rather we’re home to six relatively equally sized towns, each with their own unique charm and character,” she said.

When narrowing down the county’s submission to one town, she said it was a difficult choice.

“The combination between Main Street, shops, restaurants, parks, proximity to vineyards and attractions such as the Woodstock Tower, as well as the community festivals and sense of community pride is really strong in Woodstock,” she said. “Woodstock also has a growing nightlife with establishments such as the Woodstock Brewhouse, Thursday evenings at the Woodstock Café, and Joe’s Steakhouse and an established Enhancement Committee that has driven events and promotions within town for over a decade.”

“This is a tremendous accolade to Woodstock and the entire county to be recognized in this manor and speaks to the wealth of attractions and offerings that we have to share with visitors,” she added.

Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary said this recognition is great for the town and its businesses.

“I’m really excited about Woodstock being named one of the best small towns to visit in the country,” he said. “This distinction serves to further spread the word about all the great things this town has to offer.”

He said he is glad Woodstock is listed on the blog because travelers visit blogs when selecting where to take their next trip.

“Woodstock offers so much in terms of great restaurants, downtown shopping, great events — including harness racing and Autumnfest at the Shenandoah County Fairground,” he said. “Many travelers, especially from urban areas along the East Coast, look to get away from city life and experience fresh air, nature and an idyllic small town. Woodstock can provide all of those experiences throughout the year.”

With the exposure given to the town through these publications, he said many people from outside the area are beginning to realize that Woodstock “is an absolute gem” within the Shenandoah Valley.

“With all that Woodstock has to offer, Woodstock has been one of the best kept secrets around but with the visibility coming from these publications, we won’t be a secret much longer, and that’s great news for Woodstock businesses,” he added.

He said that the town is also a finalist for Blue Ridge Magazine’s “Top Adventure Town” for 2016. Towns from Pennsylvania to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky are all in the running. He added that Woodstock is in the final 16 of the Small Town Category. Visit the website at http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/top-towns to vote.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com